Cooking in small places: How to survive!

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Teeny, Tiny little kitchen!

Having a small kitchen area can be quite a challenge. To get the most out of your tiny space, you will have to get strategic.

Use these tips to get the job done right!

There are several things you can do that will make life much easier, such as investing some kind of electrical cooktop in order to use induction saucepans that generally take up less space, as well as combining 2 kitchen utensils, a la an OTR convection microwave that can be used for traditional cooking as well as the normal nuking! Which leads me onto:

Space saving pots

Stackable pots & pans, like the famous Magma stackable cookware set, provide an easy & quick way to actually save some space and are also a very high quality product…who said you have to sacrifice quality when saving space!?

Plan out your meals

I’m not talking about what you are going to eat, I am referring to how you are going to make your meal. It is best to plan for multiple uses out of one pot, pan or dish.

This reduces the need to have more than one piece of cookware going at the same time and your need to wash as many dishes afterwards.

It may take a bit longer to prepare, but it saves on time and stress in the long run.

Prioritize

While it may be nice to have that fancy tool for hulling strawberries or peeling garlic, stick to the essentials.

You can get by with a sharp chef’s knife, a chopping board, a sauce pot and a skillet. Keeping a few spices around is also handy and can help enhance a dish.

Store them in a magnetic jar so you can stick them to a wall, the side of the fridge or another handy space.

Keep it simple

retro-1321069_640When you are limited on space, you do not want to be moving around a lot in your kitchen. Search for simple recipes that require minimal ingredients but are full of flavor.

Try to find recipes that require minimal prep. Another option is to set aside a day and time where you prep all of your ingredients together and store them in the fridge so that when you are ready to prepare your meals, you have eliminated one space-taking step.

Clean as you go

If you have used an item and no longer need it, wash it right then and there and set it to the side. Keep doing this throughout your meal prep and you will feel relieved by the minimal amount of dishes left to wash afterwards.

Conclusion

You may see a bit of a pattern in all of this…essentially you just need to keep your kitchen workspace clean, neat & tidy!

Otherwise, that’s pretty much it 🙂 make sure to say hi and leave a comment below.

Recipe for Finger licking baked spicy fries

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Yum!

I love French Fries, I really do!

But let’s be honest, who doesn’t love fries?

In fact seeing the amount of people that I have seen in the many parts of this planet I have visited, fires always seem to be part of the menu. Seriously, even in Vietnam i saw young teens (admittedly not the older generation) snaking away on packs of fries.

There could be a tiny unbelievable fraction on the face of this Earth or more believably in another Universe who don’t like to get their hands on fries with every chance they get.

They are easy to make, and eat as well as being super damned delicious to boot!

Um, fries…on a coffee blog!?

Yep, I did warn you though and this isn’t just purely about coffee, (mostly just not exclusively).

Being a hardcore fries lover, I like them in all forms be it battered, grilled, fried or even air fried. But here is a recipe for easy homemade and healthy baked spicy fries for potato lovers out there.

Although there is nothing wrong with simple baked fries but these spicy ones add more flavor and spice level is entirely up to you to control according to what you like. This one here has a medium spice level, more on the lower side.

Baking your fries also has a plus side as it is a no fuss method for you can simply use a baking sheet or parchment paper to leave no pan for scrubbing later on.

Baking sheet or parchment will save your fries from sticking to the pan. You will spend nearly an hour or about 50 minutes on this recipe but if your love for fries is strong, it will be totally worth it.

Preparation time is a mere 10 minutes followed by 40 minutes for baking. This recipe serves 4 people if you like to share, I don’t.

Ingredients you need for spicy fries:

  • 3 medium sized potatoes, you can use as many as you like but for a measure of ingredients we will use three.
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil as it is light
  • 1 tsp. chili powder. You can use more or less according to spice level you need
  • ½ tsp. paprika powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • Salt to taste. I use ½ tsp.

How to make them:

Start with preheating your oven to 230 degrees C.

Take all 3 potatoes and slice them into fries of the size you like. Keep them medium sized for proper baking as too thin would be too crispy and too thick might not cook properly from the middle.

Now take a Ziploc bag and toss the slices in with all the ingredients mentioned. Shake the bag well and make sure all slices are properly coated.

Cover your baking tray with baking sheet or parchment paper whichever you prefer and place coated potato slices on the tray.

Be careful not to overlap slices.

Put the tray in oven and let it bake for almost 20 minutes then flip over all slices and bake for another 10 minutes this time at 450 degrees C.

Then flip again and let it cook for 10 more minutes but keep an eye not to burn them.

Your baked spicy fries are ready 😉